On The Heels of Mass Murders Across America, Serial Killer Show is a New Low for Television.
by Ben Kayser and Natalie Fertig
“The Following” is a new show by Kevin Williamson, the writer behind the “Scream” movie series. Appearing on Monday nights in the 9pm timeslot, “The Following’s” premise, according to IMDB, is “a brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command.”
“At a time when real-life killings are at an all-time high around the country, the depiction of such events as entertainment is without question a terrible step for Williamson to take,” says Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide®: The...
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, here are top movies which feature civil rights themes.
10. THE HELP
QUALITY: * * * * ACCEPTABILITY: -2
THE HELP is a period drama set in the 1960s era of civil rights struggles, with a focus on black maids in Jackson, Mississippi who begin speaking out against the bad treatment they receive from their white female employers. THE HELP is well done with some positive Christian content, but it also has some Romantic, feminist content attacking tradition and containing foul language.
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9. ONCE UPON A TIME WHEN WE WERE COLORED
QUALITY: * * * ACCEPTABILITY: +2
ONCE UPON A TIME...WHEN WE WERE COLORED, based upon the critica...
MGM Plans Ben-Hur Reboot
Deadline is reporting that MGM is planning a reboot of the classic Oscar winning movie, BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST.
Reportedly, the new movie will focus more on the life of Jesus as his life parallels Ben-Hur. It will also go more into detail about the formative stories of Ben-Hur and his friend turned enemy, Messala, before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem.
The original 1880 Lew Wallace novel is in the public domain. It outsold every book but the Bible until GONE WITH THE WIND.
The 1939 movie version of GONE WITH THE WIND ranks No. 1 on the All-Time domestic box office chart when adjusted for inflation and the 1959 BEN-HUR starring Charlton Heston ranks No. 13. Until THE LORD OF THE...
Dr. Ted Baehr of Movieguide® Challenges Filmmakers To Make and Promote Family-Friendly Movies that Can Win Oscars
By Natalie Fertig, PR Editor
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning. The biggest takers were Lincoln with 12 nominations and Life of Pi with 11 nominations. Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook came in third with eight nominations.
But, where are the family films?
Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, points out that Les Misérables is the only movie that borders on being family-approved, but most parents would still refrain from taking children to see it. Or even grandma, for that matter.
“Families want a movie that kids, parents, and gra...
The three audio/visual technologies with the steepest, quickest adoption rates over the past 120 years have been VCRs, Cell phones, and the Internet, closely followed by Color TV, Radio and Basic TV.
Telephones and computers had much more gradual adoption rates, according to a chart from a technology study by Broad Street Interactive.
- Source: Broad Street Interactive, 03/06/12.
The arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby will refuse to obey a federal mandate requiring it to offer the morning-after abortion pill to its employees, an attorney for Hobby Lobby said.
The statement about the chain’s decision was made after radical feminist Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an injunction while its lawsuit against Obamacare regulations is pending.
Sotomayor was appointed to the high court by President Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion politician ever elected to the presidency.
Hobby Lobby and religious bookseller Mardel Inc., owned by the same Christian family, could face fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to follow the abortion bill regulations.
A district judge has ...
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
Release Date: March 27
The G.I. Joes are not only fighting Cobra, they're forced to contend with their own government.
Staring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Ray Park
IRON MAN 3
Release Date: May 3
Distributor: Walt Disney
Tony Stark fights those who destroyed his world.
Staring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce and Gwyneth Paltrow
MAN OF STEEL
Release Date: June 14
Distributor: Warner Bros.
An alien with super powers is raised by earth parents to become a hero to his adopted world.
Staring: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams
THE LONE RANGER
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH
Release Date: February 14
On the planet Baab, admired astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary. He gets into a grand adventure when he travels to Earth and is captured.
Staring the voices of: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Craig Robinson
Release Date: March 27
Caveman Grug is confronted by an earthquake that forces him to leave his home. He and his family must face a world they are unprepared...
Your Neighborhood Trained Killers
By David Outten, Production Editor
I was born in 1951. World War II had only recently ended. I grew up playing army. I loved toy guns. I thought it would be cool to be a soldier. The idea of shooting the bad guys seemed exciting and patriotic.
I didn’t know the Truth.
Most soldiers in the Civil War died with a loaded gun. One loaded his gun 23 times with bullets flying all around and never took a shot. The cartridges stacked up in his barrel. He didn’t run from battle like a coward. He stood his ground. He just couldn’t bring himself to kill.
In World War II, fifteen percent of combat soldiers fired their weapons. Only two percent did most of the killing in ground combat. Most had difficulty lo...
Jack Black and the folks at Millennium Studios, the studio behind Jack’s Golden Globe nominated performance in BERNIE, invited the staff of Movieguide® to their holiday party Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills celebrating his nomination.
Jack did a tremendous job in BERNIE, a very funny but dark movie that exhibits a great deal of respect for Jesus Christ and religious faith, although the main character at one point goes off the deep end.
Even so, it surprised Ted Baehr, Tom Snyder, Evy Baehr, and Peter Moorman when they found themselves in a room full of terrific actors and very few press.
Jane Seymour was happy to reconnect with Movieguide® after hosting the awards a couple years ago.